Bimalendu Mukherjee

Bimalendu Mukherjee

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Bimalendu Mukherjee Profile

  • Name:
  • Bimalendu Mukherjee
  • Born:
  • January 2, 1925
  • Born / Home Town:
  • Durg

Bimalendu Mukherjee Biography

Bimalendu Mukherjee is a renowned musician, sitar player and music teacher from Durg, present-day Chhattisgarh. He is a music maestro of classical sitar and surbahar, who follows Imdadkhani School of music. He is a disciple of renowned artist Enayat Khan. Bimalendu Mukherjee also owns numerous students who later went on to establish their names in the field of Indian classical music as musicians. Renowned artist Budhaditya Mukherjee, whom government of India honoured him with Padma Bhushan in 2019, is his son. Budhaditya Mukherjee received musical lessons from his father. Sudhakar Sheolikar, Avneendra Sheolikar, Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Sudhir, Anupama Bhagwat, Rajeev Janardan, and Kamala Shankar are other major disciples.


Bimalendu Mukherjee hails from Durg, present-day Chhattisgarh. He was born on 2 January 1925. He learnt a wide range of musical instruments from some of the renowned gurus of 20th century. He was an Imdadkhani sitar student of Enayat Khan. He also took sitar lessons from Balaram Pathak, apart from khyal from Badri Prasad and Jaichand Bhatt of the Patiala and Kirana gharana, Rudra veena from Chandra Chowdhury of Rampur gharana, moribund sursringar (bass sarod) from Birendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, Pakhavaj from Madhavrao Alkutkar, Sarangi and Esraj from Halkeram Bhat (Maihar gharana) and Chandrikaprasad Dube (Gaya gharana) etc. He is a learned and eclectic musician.


Mukherjee is primarily a Sitarist, though he is proficient in almost all traditional Indian instruments like RudraVeena, Saraswati Veena, Surbahar, Sursingar, Mandrabahar, Dilruba, Esraj, Tar Shehnai, Sarod and Pakhavaj, and also vocal Hindustani music. He also formulated two unique string instruments - "Aditya Veena" - named after his son Budhaditya and the "Bijoy Veena" - named after his grandson Bijoyaditya. He also revived the 'Ektantri' single-stringed Veena, and is known for experimenting with Western and Eastern philosophy of medical treatment. He created Raga Anandamayee in That Kafi and recorded with his son in Sitar, and has been successfully experimented on patients of hypertension.

Published: January 28, 2019

Updated: January 28, 2019

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